Start the timer for 5 minutes….and begin writing.
Muddle. I can’t help but think of “muddy puddles” (thanks Peppa Pig) when I hear that word. Immediately I remember back to when I lived on Circle Drive as a child. Our house was settled at the end of the road, and we would ride our bikes up back through the quiet street. It wasn’t quite a “circle” but we would ride to the end and then back again. It was hilly. I don’t think any neighborhood in the valley was flat. So we would peddle fast up the hill until we reached the top. Then, it was a smooth ride until the end of the street. It curved around, but because it wasn’t a busy street, we rarely saw a car.
My mother was always babysitting during my growing up years. So in addition to my brother and two younger sisters, there was always at least one extra bike rider. Our favorite spot was about halfway down the road right in front of a yellow house settled up on the right side of the hill. The concrete steps lead to the wooden porch, but in front of the house were two large pot holes.
After a rain, my brother and I would ride our bikes to those holes and ride our bikes through the mud puddle. It was such a glorious feeling to crash through the puddle, not knowing truly how deep the puddle was. We just trusted our bikes would get us through the water. Always the cautious one, I let my brother go first. Just in case.
It was during a time of uncertainity I hesitated to trust God. And I’m so guilty of stopping short of just riding through the hardship with abandoned trust. I want to see how deep the waters are because, let’s be honest, I’m afraid I won’t be able to swim. The deep end always scared me.
Today I’m no longer a child. Instead, I feel like I should be more brave, but my lack of courage holds me back. I pray I can be brave. And when I think of being brave, and jumping into something hard, I find myself leaning back. I don’t want to because I want to trust. Bravery isn’t about a lack of fear. Bravery is about putting my trust in the right One.
And the One who holds my hand in my everyday will hold it even when I decide to jump into the unknown. So when life is muddled up, let me grab the hand – waiting to jump with me.
Something special happens in October. A community of bloggers and writers gather for 31 Days of Writing. For an extra little challenge, I’ll be also participating in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.
31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes is a “challenge within the challenge,” so to speak — namely, to post on your blog every day in the month of October, but to write each post in only five minutes flat.
If you are interested in joining the fun, check out Christina’s page here.
Here is the list of the word prompts for 31 Days of Five Minute – Free Writes.
Do you struggle finding time to study the Bible?
Do you wish you had more minutes in the day to devote to Bible reading?
What if I told you you could start TODAY in just 5 minutes!?